The holidays are many people's favorite time of year. However, this does not mean that they are not stressful periods. Cooking, buying gifts, and decorating the house are all full-time jobs, and most people do all this on top of their everyday duties. The key to surviving this busy season is to plan everything out months ahead, and making your own decorations can help you save significant funds. DIYing gifts can also be a good idea since you can personalize them better, and you will likely spend less. There are plenty of online tutorials, but we have put together some of the most original and simple ones so you can pick and choose the ones you like most. Keep reading to learn more!
Wrap Woven Cane Material Over Plain Glass Vases to Make Arrangements Pop
Vases are incredible decorations because they can be used as a place to put flowers in but can also serve to dress up a room even if they are empty. You can dress up a plain glass one with a woven cane material.
The material's light brown shade will help make any flower arrangement pop. You can even stitch a simple pattern on the top and bottom with colored thread to add some interesting details. To stick the cover onto the vase, glue it down.
Dip-Dyeing Is a Great Way to Update Plain Candles
It is always an excellent strategy to have plain white candles around in case the power goes down or if there is an emergency. However, they are not the fanciest to put out during a holiday dinner. Here is an easy way to dress them up.
Melt some candle wax along with crayon shavings to color it. Then, you can create a color-blocked look by dipping them into the painted wax. Use painter's tape to make the lines crisper, although you can also opt for a more natural style.
Burlap Is a Versatile Material That Can Serve to Make Coasters
Burlap is an inexpensive material featured in plenty of DIYs. It can be used to create everything from fake flowers to coasters. The best part is that you can easily make it fancier with paint or colored threads.
To make these beautiful coasters, cut some burlap into squares, then stitch a thin line with colored thread on the edges. You will get tasteful, affordable items to place your cups on. They will also help you protect your furniture from watermarks.
These Paper Flowers Are the Perfect Decoration
Flowers are the perfect decoration. They are colorful and fragrant and always lift everyone's mood. However, they can be expensive and are not known for lasting too long. Buying fake flowers is a sure fix, although they can look cheap.
Making your own might be a better idea. Dye some cupcake liners, fold them in half, and cut thin strips to make the petals. Bend a length of floral wire through the middle of several liners, then wrap it in a pretty tape.
Burlap Twine Can Be Used to Make Mirror Frames Like This One
Anyone who enjoys crafting knows that twine jute is a highly versatile material. It can create all sorts of patterns that will serve to decorate whatever object you wish. Here is how you can make a star-shaped frame for a mirror.
First, measure alternating 16-inch and 12-inch vertical lines outward. Then, mark the mirror's outline and hammer nails around it, as well as on the points of the lines. Form the star shapes by weaving the twine around the nails.
These Tassel Earrings Are Easy to Make and Can Be Great Gifts
Handmade jewelry can be a great holiday gift for family and friends. The best part is that supplies are inexpensive, and the pieces do not take long to make. These tassel earrings will look tasteful without breaking the bank.
You will only need a few silk tassels, gold end caps, and matching earring hooks. Put glue inside the caps and stick the tassels inside. Then, plie open all the jump rings and attach the hooks. Finish by closing everything up.
Egg Cartons Can Be Repurposed to Create These Cute Flowers
There is no end to what materials you can use to create beautiful fake flowers. This DIY is for you if you want to reuse instead of buying new supplies. It turns out that egg cartons can turn into fabulous decorations.
Cut each holder and use acrylic paints to make them resemble whatever flower you love the most. Twist some floral wire to make the stems, and stick them in a vase of your choice. Who knew that something so simple could look so upscale?
Use a Pre-Made Soap Base to Fashion These Lovely Lavender Bars
Soaps are some of the most popular items to DIY. Making them from scratch has its complexity, but nowadays, there are plenty of melt-and-pour kits that simplify the process. This adorable lavender soap will hydrate your skin and make it smell fresh.
Get a goat-milk soap base and some lavender essential oil to make it. You can also sprinkle some dried petals to include gentle scrubbing action. It is simply a matter of pouring everything into silicone molds and letting it set.
Pompoms and Acrylic Paints Are All You Need to Create These Original Fall Decorations
Whenever fall rolls around, many households decorate their porches and interiors with gourds, leaves, and other characteristic elements of the season. If you are bored of using the same old color palette, here is one way to update your porch action.
Use acrylic paints to cover the base of the pumpkin. Then, glue on pompoms in whatever color or pattern you wish. This is the chance to explore your creativity and avoid the classic oranges, reds, and browns. Do they not look cute?
Make Anything Look Like an Antique With This Technique
Antique furniture and decorations always make great statement pieces. Nevertheless, they can be pricey, so not everyone can afford them. Fortunately, there is a way to make new items look older without going over budget or putting in too much effort.
You will need stucco patch mix, spackling, a small putty knife, and sandpaper. Sand the pitcher down and use the knife to cover it with stucco mix. Let dry and smooth out the rough edges with paper. Finally, apply the spackling, sand again, and paint.
Metal Cans and Wallpaper Samples Are All You Need to Get These Flower Containers
The truth is that you can never have enough flowers. Nevertheless, if you want bouquets in every room, you will have to buy enough vases to hold them in, which can get pricey. Here is an inexpensive way to make pretty containers.
First, save any tomato sauce cans and wash them thoroughly. The trick is to get several wallpaper samples and use them to cover the metal containers. That way, you will have fancy, colorful vases for your bouquets practically for free.
Here Is How You Can Make Plain Glasses Look Original and Fun
Throwing a good party does not have to cost you your entire paycheck. Creativity and time are the only ingredients needed to make your soiree the best. Every good host knows that the difference lies in how you dress up the tables.
These colorful glasses will become instant statement pieces and are very easy to make. Get a set of inexpensive basic coupe glasses from IKEA and use adhesive vinyl to make colorful dots. All your guests will be sure to love this fun touch.
This Yarn and Paper Tree Is Super Easy to Make
If you are the type who loves how Christmas decorations look but hate putting them up, we have you covered. Not everyone has the time or the space to get a fully decked-out tree. Here is an alternative that will save you space and money.
This pretty tree is straightforward and tasteful. First, cut out the ornament shapes with colored paper. Use thin metal rods to make the triangle frame, or buy it pre-made and tie the wool lengthwise. Glue on the decorations, and you are done.
If You Have a Cricut Machine, You Can Customize Candle Holders
Candles are another favorite project for crafters all around the world. Most people stop at making the waxy part, but you can also make your own holders and decorate them as you wish. These boho-style glasses are not very hard to put together.
They do require a Cricut machine, which not everyone has. Nevertheless, if you do, this is the perfect project to put it to use. Pick your favorite pattern and vinyl color, print it, and wrap it around a plain glass candle holder.
These Butterfly Frames Are Easy to Put Together
Nowadays, craft stores sell almost every item imaginable to make DIYs. The best part is that they are usually not very expensive. This means that you do not need to settle for boring ever again. Take this butterfly frame, for example.
It takes almost no time to put together and will allow you to dress up any plain white frames you may have lying around. Go to your nearest craft store, buy as many appliques as you wish, and then glue them on.
Build a Customized Desk Organizer With Nesting Box Sets
Everyone has knick-knacks and random office supplies strewn all over the desk. Getting an organizer might be the solution to keeping everything in place, but why buy one when you can build one yourself and customize it to suit your needs?
Use nesting box sets to build a personalized organizer that will keep any small supplies in place. Glue them in whatever arrangement you think is best, and that is it. There are few DIYs as simple and easy as this one.
Do Not Settle for Gaudy Store-Bought Banners
Pennants and banners are classic birthday decorations, but most of the ones you find at the store are gaudy and never go with the color palette you like. Fortunately, they are easy to make at home, and you can choose the colors yourself.
They can also be used as room decorations for kids or to inject color into any space you feel looks s bit dull. It is a simple matter of cutting out triangles and gluing them onto a piece of string.
Here Is a DIY Hairband for Those Occasions When You Want to Look Like a Goddess
Hair bands became quite the rage a few years ago, especially among music festival goers. If you have an event you think would be perfect for that style, here is a helpful DIY you can try. It shows how to make a golden flower crown.
You will need gold foil, golden ribbon, and cardstock. Begin by cutting out the layers that make the stars out of the thick paper. Then, cover them in foil and glue the centers together. Finally, arrange and stick them to the length of the ribbon.
This Fringe Detail Is Eye-Catching and Easy to Make
Have you ever had trouble finding a set of throw pillows that matched your living room? Most commercial ones are either too plain or too loud, so it might be better to make them yourself. Here is an easy tutorial to help you achieve that.
A fringe detail will give the pillows personality. First, get a rectangular cardboard piece and make a hole along the middle. Wrap the yarn around it and sew it together following the template's gap. Cut the sides, then attach the decorative pieces to the case.
Customize Your Stationery by Adding Glitter Accents
Buying customized stationery seems like a thing of the past. Nevertheless, it can be nice to have your own signature envelopes when it comes time to send holiday cards to friends and family. You can use glitter accents to give it some pizzazz.
For envelopes, you can concentrate on bedazzling the borders. You only need fine glitter and double-sided tape to do this. The only thing you have to be careful about is not to get the sparkles all over the house.
A Decorative Pin Board Like This One Lets You Display Pictures and Postcards
When it comes to wall decorations, finding one that does not get you bored can be tricky. It might be best to get something easy to update periodically to avoid the hassle. A decorative pinboard is an ideal choice.
They allow you to easily change the room's style by swapping what you hang from it. You can put up old postcards or family pictures or even leave them bare if you feel like going the minimalistic route.
Create Your Own Wallpaper Pattern With Paint and Some Sponges
Accent walls are all the rage in the interior design world. Most people use wallpaper instead of paint since installing it is less expensive. Still, it can cost quite a bit, and finding the exact pattern that you want is not easy.
Why not try customizing plain white wallpaper if you are struggling with that? The kind in the picture was made using sponges shaped like horizontal lines. The decorators stamped the shapes with paint to achieve their desired look, and the result was excellent.
Knit Your Favorite Person Some Mittens for Christmas
The perfect gift should be heartfelt and useful, so what better option is there than giving a pair of hand-knitted mittens? It does take some skill, but you can download patterns online to make the process easier.
If you have the time and the knitting ability, go for it. Whoever receives this as a gift will be delighted to have such a cozy and original accessory. Grab a type of wool that is not itchy, and start creating your mittens.
Personalized Trays Are the Perfect Way to Mix in Some Color
When serving guests, it is essential to keep presentation in mind. Most families often entertain during the holidays, so if there is a moment to try upping your host game, it is during the winter. Handmade serving trays are a perfect starting point.
To make these great serving trays, you only need a few wooden planks, handles, and colorful paints. You can use painter's tape to ensure that the lines stay crisp. The best part is that you can customize the shade palette to suit any room.
You Can Make Ceramic Objects With Oven-Baked Clay
Making ceramics is a trendy hobby nowadays. Nevertheless, you may not want to go to a workshop whenever you wish to throw clay. If this seems like too much of a commitment, here is another option to make pottery at home.
Using oven-baked clay is the perfect option for those who do not feel like going all the way. There are no limits to what you can make. One option is these cute planters that you can paint to customize however you wish.
These Crochet Throw Pillow Covers Are the Perfect Project for Those Who Enjoy Knitting
Crochet can be a relaxing hobby and a beneficial skill. There are all sorts of decorations and garments you can create with this technique that are bound to be helpful. However, some patterns, such as these tasteful pillow covers, are not for beginners.
Still, if you think that you have the ability, why not try making them? You can download the patterns online and customize them using any colors you wish. The subtle stripes will dress up any room or make your sofa pop.
Entryway Organizers Are Always a Good Project to Undertake
An entryway organizer is not just a decoration but a helpful tool to ensure that everyone leaves the house with what they need. Besides, they are not complex projects to do at home. Even better, you can use an old window frame to make it.
The window sill fulfills the role of a shelf perfectly. You can also try gluing a blackboard to one of the sections so everyone can write reminders about what chores need doing. The addition of hooks at the bottom gives it extra practicality.
Anyone Can Try Their Hand at Painting Landscapes
Many people enjoy painting because it gives them a chance to let their creativity flow. Nevertheless, you do not need to be experienced to create art. Even if you are not confident in your skills, you can try your hand at landscapes.
The tutorial to make this picture is relatively simple. Even those who do not have much of an artistic bone can try painting it because the process is straightforward. Then, you only need a pretty frame to get the perfect decoration.
DIY Wood Coasters to Keep Your Tables Looking Stylish and Protected
Many people dream of having a house next to the beach. Unfortunately, they are expensive, and it takes a long time to save enough funds to get a vacation home. Luckily, there are other ways to bring a beachy feel to your home.
These coasters are the perfect starting point. You can get round, rustic pieces of wood in most craft stores. Choose whatever shades of blue paint you like the best and let your creativity flow, or you can follow a tutorial instead.
Hand Dyed Napkins Will Dress up Any Dinner Table
With the holidays growing ever closer, many are trying to source original and tasteful decorations for their dinner tables. Nevertheless, the best option might be to create them yourself. These hand-dyed ombre napkins make for a great family project.
It also allows you to design the event's color palette yourself. Those who prefer a more traditional look can try using dark reds and greens, while anyone who wishes to take an original approach might want to explore brighter tones.
These Colorful Flowers Are Great Party Decorations
You may be familiar with the art of origami, which uses paper to create complex animal and plant shapes. That said, you do not have to be an expert to make pretty shapes with paper. They can make incredible party decorations.
These paper blooms are not complicated to put together and will brighten up any space. Use templates to cut out the shapes and then fold them in place. There are plenty of tutorials you can look up to learn more.
Paper Chains Are a Fun Activity to Do, and You Can Also Make Hanging Art With Them
Do you have a plain wall somewhere in your house that needs something colorful to dress it up? A wall hanging might be the solution. Most of them are woven and can be expensive. Why not try making one yourself with other techniques?
Weaving is not a skill everyone has, so if it is not part of your pool of expertise, you can try making a wall hanging with paper. Use different colored strips to create coils to chain together. Does it not look neat?
This Decoration Was Made With String Art
String art can be an exciting alternative to embroidery for those who do not have the patience to learn the skill. Although a hobby does not need to have a use, you can take advantage of it by making wall decorations.
You just need to hammer tiny tacks to outline the shape you want and then wrap the thread around them to fill it in. This ombre effect was achieved by using different colored strings. The result is a bright, handy accessory that you can hang.
Here Is a Tiny DIY Shelf You Can Put on a Bathroom Wall or Small Corridor
It is a known fact that a house can never have too many shelves. Although their primary function is to serve as storage space, they can also act as decor. In this case, it is holding up a plant and some candles.
The best part is that you can make this cute triangle shelf all by yourself. You only need a hook, sturdy rope, and a robust wooden plank. It is the perfect addition to any bathroom wall or small corridor.
Balloon Arches Can Be Put Together at Home and Will Make a Statement Decoration
One of the past few years' hottest trends in party decor has been balloon arches. If you want to be trendy but do not want to lose money ordering one online, you can try putting one together at home.
Avoid having to blow-up dozens of balloons by getting an electric inflator. Get 5-inch and 12-inch balloons to give the garland more depth and visual interest. There are balloon decorating strips that make the job a lot easier by holding everything together.
Make This Chic Round Mirror by Wrapping Rope in Colored Thread
Anthropologie is many people's go-to brand for tasteful, unique furniture and decor. Nevertheless, most of their items are seriously overpriced. Fortunately, DIY tutorials are all the rage right now, and you can find instructions to make dupes of all your favorite expensive-brand items.
This boho-style circle mirror, for example, is not at all hard to make. The colorful details on the top are created by wrapping thread around a length of rope. Then, it is all a matter of gluing everything together.
This Quilt Does Not Require Any Sewing
The tradition of making quilts by sewing fabric scraps together is centuries old. There may have been a time when everybody knew how to sew, but today, the skill is less widespread. Here is one you can make without threading a needle.
It stays together by tying the fabric patches and then gluing them to a backing fabric. It might take more cloth to put it together, but the amount of time it takes to cut every strip and tie them together is less.
Bring Your Office Supply Game to the Next Level With These Pom-Pom Paper Clips
Paper clips are a staple office supply. They work both to keep papers together but can also double as bookmarks. Nevertheless, they are easily misplaced. Why not personalize them so they become instantly recognizable and you have fewer chances of losing them?
Any tutorial that teaches how to make pom poms will work. Just make sure that you have sufficiently vibrant yarn shades. Then, sticking the round balls to the metal clips is a simple matter. Do they not look adorable?
Reuse Old Surplus Yarn to Create This Pretty Garland
Hosting a party can produce significant waste, which can make those who are more eco-conscious feel icky. There are ways to create reusable decorations, and the best part is that you can use scraps from other projects. Take this yarn garland, for example.
If you are a crafter, you likely have some leftover yarn from other projects. Making this garland will help you avoid buying plastic decorations and leave you with something to use again on another occasion. It is perfect for those who are looking to reduce waste.
Use Embroidery to Give a Plain Denim Jacket a Personal Touch
Denim jackets are a must-have for any wardrobe. However, most commercial ones are plain, and it is up to the users to personalize them according to their style. Using embroidery to give the garment a special touch is a great option.
To do something like the flower pattern in this picture takes skill, but you can use patterns as aides so everything looks more polished. If you are still a beginner, perhaps you will be better off starting with something smaller.
Through: Photo: Mike Garten